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Megan Leavey movie review: a soldier and her dog

MaryAnn’s quick take… This deeply satisfying military drama demonstrates that a simple, even familiar story can be powerfully effective when told with big heart and solid craft. I’m “biast” (pro): I’m desperate for stories about women; I’m a sucker for stories about dogs

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

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I might have had something in my eye there by the end of this deeply satisfying military drama, which demonstrates that a simple story — even a familiar one — can be powerfully effective when told with big heart and solid craft.

This one isn’t entirely familiar, however. The honking big freshness to Megan Leavey is right there in the title: here it’s a young woman with no direction in life and few skills for coping with adult relationships who gains confidence and finds purpose when she joins the Marines,
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Kate Mara deserves awards consideration for “Megan Leavey”

Surprises when you’re in this line of work are rare. Despite being an animal lover and a dog owner, Megan Leavey was not a movie that was on my radar whatsoever. So, it was an utter delight to come across this earlier on this week and discover that it’s really terrific. Opening today, it’s a true life drama that tugs at your heartstrings in a very real way. Seamlessly blending the “boy and his dog” story, with a gender reversal, with a modern military tale, it works in a big way. This is much more than the tale of a girl and her dog. It’s a tale of friendship, heroism, and sacrifice. It’s one of the year’s best films so far. This true story centers on title character Megan Leavey (Kate Mara), a troubled and aimless woman who found mean in the armed forces,
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'Megan Leavey' Review: True Story of War Veteran and Her Dog Earns Your Tears

'Megan Leavey' Review: True Story of War Veteran and Her Dog Earns Your Tears
Confession: I'm a dog lover. So take this praise with a grain of salt if you must – but Megan Leavey had me at first bark. Based on a true story (no, really!), this war drama deftly sidesteps the paths that suck you down in sentimental quicksand. Oh, you'll cry all right. But the movie earns your tears.

Kate Mara is raw and riveting in the title role, a marine who ends up in combat in Iraq with Rex, a bomb-sniffing German shepherd in the Military Police K9 unit. Nobody likes Rex.
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Meridian acquires 'Megan Leavey' for China

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Film opens this week in Us through Bleecker Street.

Meridian Entertainment has acquired Chinese theatrical rights from Sierra/Affinity to the drama Megan Leavey starring Kate Mara.

Ld Entertainment produced and financed the film, which opens in the Us this week via Bleecker Street and is based on the true life story of a young Marine officer and her military combat dog.

Leavey was assigned to the Army’s K9 unit after a disciplinary hearing and formed a strong bond with a particularly aggressive dog, Rex. Together, they saved many lives on deployment in Iraq. Edie Falco, Ramón Rodríguez, Bradley Whitford, and Common round out the key cast.

Gabriela Cowperthwaite of Blackfish fame directed from a screenplay by Pamela Gray and Annie Mumolo and Tim Lovestedt.

Meridian Entertainment will release the film through its distribution arm United Entertainment Partners in the fourth quarter of the year.

Nicholas Sherry negotiated the deal on behalf of Sierra /Affinity.

“We
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‘Megan Leavey’ Review: Kate Mara Heroically Saves An Uneven Military Biopic That Can’t Stop Chasing Its Tail

‘Megan Leavey’ Review: Kate Mara Heroically Saves An Uneven Military Biopic That Can’t Stop Chasing Its Tail
A true story so pure that it almost grants its teller the permission to be sloppy, Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s “Megan Leavey” is a bit of a mess from the moment it starts, but it’s hard to completely dismiss any movie with a soul this strong, just as it would be hard to dismiss a disobedient puppy so long as its tail keeps wagging. An unlikely mutt that crossbreeds the cuteness of “Must Love Dogs” with the suspense of “The Hurt Locker,” “Megan Leavey” is the kind of movie that writes itself, and often feels as though it has.

Based on the very real, very believable bond between a young marine corporal and the volatile German Shepherd with whom she partners during her tours of duty in Iraq, this broadly engaging drama is gripping when it deals with the details of being a woman on the front lines, and it
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Can Wonder Woman Stop The Mummy from Terrorizing the Box Office?

Can Wonder Woman Stop The Mummy from Terrorizing the Box Office?
Warner Bros.' Wonder Woman headed into its box office opening weekend with a myriad of contrasting projections, with some predicting a debut between $65 million and $85 million, while others projected as high as a $105 million debut. As it turns out, the latter projection was more accurate, with the actual numbers coming in even higher than the estimates, with Wonder Woman earning $103.2 million in its debut. This weekend, the superhero adventure goes up against three wildly different films, Universal's The Mummy reboot, A24's thriller It Comes At Night and Bleecker Street's true story adaptation Megan Leavey. While it may be a closer race than some may expect, Wonder Woman should repeat atop the box office for its second straight weekend with $56.7 million.

Box Office Mojo reports that The Mummy reboot is slated to open in 4,000 theaters, and while both It Comes at Night and Megan Leavey are expected to debut in wide release,
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Megan Leavey Review: Could have you in tears of joy

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Megan Leavey Review: Could have you in tears of joy
Megan Leavey Bleecker Street Director: Gabriela Cowperthwaite Written by: Pamela Gray, Annie Mumolo, Tim Lovestedt Cast: Kate Mara, Ramón Rodríguez, Tom Felton, Bradley Whitford, Will Patton, Sam Keeley, Common, Edie Falco Screened at: Critics’ link, NYC, Opens: June 9, 2017 When I was a kid I thought that Norman Ferguson and Tee He’s “Pinocchio” was […]

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Free Screenings of Megan Leavey for Military Personnel at Regal Theaters on May 30th

Bleecker Street & Ld Entertainment have joined forces with At&T Thanks, Regal Cinemas and MovieTickets.com to bring the true life story, Megan Leavey, directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite to service members ahead of the June 9, 2017 nationwide release of the film.

At&T Thanks, Regal Cinemas and MovieTickets.com will generously sponsor over 190 screenings of the film on May 30th as part of National Military Appreciation Month at participating Regal Cinemas. Active and retired service members will be invited to attend a free screening of the film in advance through At&T Thanks and Regal Cinemas. MovieTickets.com will facilitate ticket fulfillment.

Tickets will be available starting Monday, May 22, 2017 at www.att.com/thanksmilitary. For a list of participating locations, please visit www.regmovies.com/promotions/megan-leavey-screening.

Tyler Dinapoli, President of Marketing, Media and Research for Bleecker Street, said, “We’re proud to work with At&T Thanks, Regal Cinemas and MovieTickets.
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Montclair Review: ‘Megan Leavey’ is an Ambitious, Restrained War Drama

Side-stepping the more explicit aspects of war, the biopic Megan Leavey focuses on the story of a woman who finds a higher calling, though not of a religious variety. A wild child from a broken Rockland County home, she ultimately finds the kind of camaraderie she’d been missing in her upbringing through a canine. Played masterfully by Kate Mara, Leavey is an aimless young woman who leaves a dead-end daycare job, deadbeat mom Jackie (Edie Falco), and life behind to join the Marines. Despite the discipline instilled, she still finds ways of returning to her old self, including one drunken night in which public urination lands her a reassignment to the K9 unit under the command of Gunny Martin (Common), the kind of tough love commander who tells it like it is while providing mentorship to those that ask.

After some time in the kennel, Leavey aspires to work
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Check Out Kate Mara, Tom Felton, Edie Falco, Ramón Rodríguez, Bradley Whitford and Common In New Photos From Megan Leavey

Edie Falco and Kate Mara star as Jackie and Megan Leavey in Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s Megan Leavey, a Bleecker Street release. Credit: Michael Tacket / Bleecker Street

Bleecker Street has released new photos from the upcoming film Megan Leavey. See this movie – it’s a great film.

From director Gabriela Cowperthwaite (Blackfish), the upcoming drama based on the powerful true story of a marine’s best friend opens in theaters everywhere June 9.

Megan Leavey is based on the true life story of a young marine corporal (Kate Mara) whose unique discipline and bond with her military combat dog saved many lives during their deployment in Iraq. When she is assigned to clean up the K9 unit after a disciplinary hearing, Leavey identifies with a particularly aggressive dog, Rex, and is given the chance to train him. Over the course of their service, Megan and Rex completed more than 100 missions until an Ied explosion injures them,
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Sierra/Affinity to sell 'Megan Leavey' starring Kate Mara

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Sierra/Affinity to sell 'Megan Leavey' starring Kate Mara
Bleecker Street to release Iraq War hero drama wide on June 9.

Sierra/Affinity has boarded international sales on the true-life drama Megan Leavey, which Ld Entertainment fully financed and stars Kate Mara.

Gabriela Cowperthwaite directed the story of the young Marine officer and her combat dog who saved many lives in more than 100 missions in Iraq.

Edie Falco, Ramón Rodríguez, Bradley Whitford, and Common also star.

Pamela Gray and Annie Mumolo and Tim Lovestedt wrote the screenplay. Mickey Liddell, Pete Shilaimon, and Jennifer Monroe produced Megan Leavey through Ld Entertainment.

“Sierra/Affinity is proud to partner with the talented team at Ld Entertainment on this incredibly powerful movie,” Sierra/Affinity president of international sales and distribution Jonathan Kier said.

Kate Mara brilliantly captures the courage and heroic journey of Megan Leavey making the foundation of a great film to be enjoyed by audiences worldwide.”

Mara will star in the upcoming release of Chappaquiddick, which Sierra
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Sierra/Affinity to sell 'Megan Leavey'

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Sierra/Affinity to sell 'Megan Leavey'
Bleecker Street to release Iraq War hero drama wide on June 9.

Sierra/Affinity has boarded international sales on the true-life drama Megan Leavey, which Ld Entertainment fully financed and stars Kate Mara.

Gabriela Cowperthwaite directed the story of the young Marine officer and her combat dog who saved many lives in more than 100 missions in Iraq.

Edie Falco, Ramón Rodríguez, Bradley Whitford, and Common also star.

Pamela Gray and Annie Mumolo and Tim Lovestedt wrote the screenplay. Mickey Liddell, Pete Shilaimon, and Jennifer Monroe produced Megan Leavey through Ld Entertainment.

“Sierra/Affinity is proud to partner with the talented team at Ld Entertainment on this incredibly powerful movie,” Sierra/Affinity president of international sales and distribution Jonathan Kier said.

Kate Mara brilliantly captures the courage and heroic journey of Megan Leavey making the foundation of a great film to be enjoyed by audiences worldwide.”

Mara will star in the upcoming release of Chappaquiddick, which Sierra
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Sierra/Affinity Boards ‘Megan Leavey’ Sales; BBC Earth, Alucia Team On Our Blue Planet Project – Global Briefs

Sierra/Affinity has come aboard international sales on Megan Leavey, starring Kate Mara and directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite from a screenplay by Pamela Gray and Annie Mumolo & Tim Lovestedt. The film is based on the true story of a young marine corporal (Mara) whose unique discipline and bond with her military combat dog Rex saved many lives during their deployment in Iraq. Edie Falco, Ramón Rodríguez, Bradley Whitford and Common also star. Bleecker Street is releasing…
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First trailer for war drama for Megan Leavey starring Kate Mara

A poster and trailer have debuted for director Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s upcoming drama Megan Leavey. Starring Kate Mara, the film is based on the true story of young marine corporal Leavey and her incredible bond with her military dog during their deployment in Iraq and features a cast that also includes Edie Falco, Ramon Rodriguez, Bradley Whitford, Common, Will Patton, and Tom Felton; take a look below…

Megan Leavey is based on the true life story of a young marine corporal (Kate Mara) whose unique discipline and bond with her military combat dog saved many lives during their deployment in Iraq. When she is assigned to clean up the K9 unit after a disciplinary hearing, Leavey identifies with a particularly aggressive dog, Rex, and is given the chance to train him. Over the course of their service, Megan and Rex completed more than 100 missions until an Ied explosion injures them,
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Trailer Watch: Kate Mara Fights for Her Combat Dog in Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s “Megan Leavey”

Megan Leavey

“I just don’t know why you want to do this” is not the reaction you’re hoping to hear when you tell your mom a major life decision, but it’s the one Megan (Kate Mara, “House of Cards”) gets after announcing that she’s joining the Marines in a newly released trailer for Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s “Megan Leavey.” “You don’t really connect with people very well,” her mom (Edie Falco, “Nurse Jackie”) observes. And that may be true — but Megan seems to have no problem connecting to another kind of ally when she’s assigned to the K9 unit.

Based on a true story, “Megan Leavey” follows “a young marine corporal whose unique discipline and bond with her military combat dog saved many lives during their deployment in Iraq,” the film’s official synopsis details. “When she is assigned to clean up the K9 unit after a disciplinary hearing, Leavey identifies with a particularly aggressive dog, Rex, and is given the chance to train him. Over the course of their service, Megan and Rex completed more than 100 missions until an Ied explosion injures them, putting their fate in jeopardy.”

The intense trailer emphasizes Megan and Rex’s special bond and the marine’s mission to adopt him. When asked what she’d like to tell Rex, Megan says, “I’d thank him for teaching me what love is.”

Megan Leavey” marks Cowperthwaite’s narrative debut. She most recently helmed 2013’s “Blackfish,” a critically acclaimed documentary about how captivity affects killer whales.

Mara’s credits include “The Martian,” “Fantastic Four,” and “American Horror Story.” “Mercy,” currently in post-production, sees her starring alongside Ellen Page. The upcoming romantic drama is directed by Tali Shalom-Ezer (“Princess”).

Megan Leavey” opens June 9. The film is written by Annie Mumulo (“Joy,” “Bridesmaids”), Pamela Gray (“Borderline Talent”), and newcomer Tim Lovestedt.

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Film Acquisition Rundown: Bleecker Street Picks Up ‘Megan Leavey,’ Imagination Worldwide Buys ‘Paint It Black’ and More

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Film Acquisition Rundown: Bleecker Street Picks Up ‘Megan Leavey,’ Imagination Worldwide Buys ‘Paint It Black’ and More
Keep up with the wild and wooly world of indie film acquisitions with our weekly Rundown of everything that’s been picked up around the globe. Check out last week’s Rundown here.

– Bleecker Street has secured U.S. distribution rights to Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s true-life story, “Megan Leavey.” The film is based on the life of Leavey (Kate Mara), a young marine corporal in the K9 unit whose unique discipline and bond with her military combat dog saved many lives during their deployment in Iraq.

Bleecker Street will release the movie on June 9, 2017.

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The film co-stars Edie Falco, Ramon Rodriguez, Bradley Whitford, and Common. Directed by Cowperthwaite (“Blackfish”), the movie was written by Pamela Gray, Annie Mumolo and Tim Lovestedt and produced by Mickey Liddell, Pete Shilaimon and Jennifer Monroe.
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Bleecker Street sets 'Megan Leavey' release

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Bleecker Street sets 'Megan Leavey' release
The New York-based distributor has acquired rights from UTA Independent Film Group on behalf of Ld Entertainment and will release the true-life drama on June 9.

Kate Mara stars as a young Marine corporal in the K9 unit whose strong bond with her military combat dog saved lives in Iraq.

Leavey was assigned to clean the kennels at the specialised unit and eventually was allowed to train a particularly aggressive dog, leading to their deployment.

Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s film also stars Edie Falco, Ramon Rodriguez, Bradley Whitford and Common.

Pamela Gray wrote the screenplay to Megan Leavey with Annie Mumolo and Tim Lovestedt. Producers are Ld Entertainment’s Mickey Liddell, Pete Shilaimon and Jennifer Monroe.

Megan Leavey’s devotion to our country and to her K9 partner, Rex, are a testament to the strength of our military and the indomitable spirit and honour of our troops,” said Bleecker Street CEO Andrew Karpen. “Her story truly exemplifies
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Kate Mara’s ‘Megan Leavey’ Lands at Bleecker Street

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Kate Mara’s ‘Megan Leavey’ Lands at Bleecker Street
Bleecker Street has acquired the U.S. rights to “Megan Leavey,” a true story about a marine corporal in the K9 unit, played by Kate Mara, whose bond with her combat dog, Rex, helped save numerous lives during her deployment in Iraq. Blackfish’s Gabriela Cowperthwaite directed the film, which features Edie Falco, Ramon Rodriguez, Bradley Whitford, and Common in addition to the “House of Cards” star. Pamela Gray and Annie Mumolo & Tim Lovestedt wrote the script, with Mickey Liddell, Pete Shilaimon and Jennifer Monroe producing. Bleecker Street acquired the rights from Ld Entertainment, and the film is slated for a June 9 release.
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Atlanta Now Casting: ‘Leavey’ and More Auditions

Leavey,” a feature film starring Kate Mara and Edie Falco, is now casting background actors—preferably with army or Marine experience. The project centers on Marine corporal named Megan, a K-9 operator caught in an explosion in Iraq. “It is their story of grit and determination and the love between handler and a Military Working Dog,” reads the casting notice. Directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite and written by Pamela Gray along with Annie Mumolo, Tim Lovestedt, and Jordan Roberts, this story is based on the true events. For more information, check out the full casting notice here, and don’t forget to scan the rest of our Atlanta audition listings!
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Kate Mara set for Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s Megan Leavey biopic

Gabriela Cowperthwaite is the phenomenal director behind the powerful documentary Blackfish, the true and controversial story of captivity of killer whales, and the problems that occur for both humans and whales. If you’ve not seen it yet, read our 5-star review here but just go and watch it now on the likes of Netflix.

Next up for Cowperthwaite is the big-screen adaptation and real-life story of hero Megan Leavey and her military combat dog Rex who, together, saved countless lives searching for roadside bombs during two tours in Iraq from 2004 to 2006. The script was written by Pamela Gray along with additional material from Annie Mumolo, Tim Lovestedt, and Jordan Roberts.

The excellent Kate Mara may not be seeing the best reviews for Fantastic Four – about the film not her – and we know she’s a top talent as her stunning performances in House of Cards goes to prove. This
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